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Grayrigg derailment - industry report released

13.09.07: The rail industry report into the tragic accident that happened at Grayrigg, Cumbria on 23 February 2007 is released today. The report explores fully the events that led up to the accident, how the derailment happened, what caused the accid...

Public inquiry into Grayrigg needed – Farron

13.09.07: Commenting on Network Rail’s internal report into the Grayrigg train accident, local Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament, Tim Farron said: “I welcome Network Rail’s response to this accident. It is good to see the compan...

Elsenham pedestrian gate locking system in place

30.08.07: Engineers have installed a new pedestrian gate locking system at Elsenham station. Notices have been erected to inform passengers that the pedestrian gates will be locked when the road gates are closed to allow trains to pass through. They will...

RAIB Report released into a collision at Badminton

23.08.07: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into a collision at Badminton on 31 October 2006. On Tuesday 31 October 2006 two self-propelled track maintenance machines, a tamper and a ballast regulator, collided nea...

Results of research into seat belts, windows and the industry approach to escape from passenger trains

23.08.07: Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has published the results of research into seat belts, windows and the industry approach to escape from passenger trains. Britain’s railways are extremely safe and accidents are rare. The measure...

RAIB Report released into collision at Pickering station

09.08.07: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into a collision at Pickering station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on 5 May 2007. A summary of the key points from the report is included below. Summary On...

RoSPA recognises Giffen Group

23.07.07: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has presented Giffen Group Plc one of its prestigious occupational health & safety awards. The gold award was presented at a special ceremony at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham at the end...

Smoking at stations became a thing of the past on Britain

23.07.07: Smoking at stations became a thing of the past on Britain’s railways on Sunday 1 July when the government’s legislation prohibiting smoking in public places in England came into effect. This brings the railways in England in lin...

Modernisation work begins at brent cross station

21.06.07: 60 engineers dedicated to improving the safety and security of passengers travelling on the London Underground Tube Lines, the company responsible for rebuilding the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, is transforming Brent Cross statio...

Drugs and alcohol in the rail workplace

01.05.07: News about drug and alcohol abuse is often in the headlines nowadays. More often than not it is linked to a story about crime or social decline saying that drug use within the teenage and adult community in the UK is increasing, but it is rarely...

1000 carriages to ease overcrowding

01.03.07: Passenger Focus, the independent national rail consumer watchdog, has welcomed the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport that 1000 carriages are going to be bought to help alleviate overcrowding. Passenger Focus chief executi...

Effects of digital mapping on rail transportation security and safety

Effects of digital mapping on rail transportation security and safety

01.03.07: Once an esoteric technology, digital mapping is powering mainstream applications like in-car navigation. The same technology is also transforming business operations including transportation. Transportation infrastructure operators strive t...

Healthy workforce so vital for rail

01.03.07: Rail industry employers have become increasingly aware of the benefits of developing a sound occupational health strategy which goes beyond all the statutory obligations and deals with issues such as flu protection and post-trauma counselling. ...

How safe are our railways?

01.03.07: Stephen Lewis visited Rail Safety and Standards Board headquarters near Euston to find out. It’s official - Britain’s railways are not only getting busier, they’re getting safer. “Since 1946, the risk on the railways...

Network Rail increasing level crossing safety with new risk model

Network Rail increasing level crossing safety with new risk model

01.03.07: Network Rail can now predict risk at all types of level crossings in the UK, enabling better informed decision making through the deployment of ALCRM (all level crossing risk model) from Strategic Thought. Network Rail took over the railway...

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Transport for the North joint submission to the Integrated Rail Plan

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In a collaborative submission to the Integrated Rail Plan, Transport for the North’s Members have called for a sustained investment in the ... more >
Overnight work to overhead power lines at Euston

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Network Rail are advising passengers that there will be no services in or out of London Euston after 9pm this Thursday (June 4th) while work to o... more >
Tube stations begin phased return

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When lockdown began in March, many Underground stations were closed with only key stations remaining open.  On the May 18th, TfL annouc... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >